By Steve Cuff
The Polar Blast snowstorm has delivered huge snowfalls to the Snowy Mountains with over 60cm of snow falling across 24 hours into Friday morning.
Heavy snow and strong gale force winds will continue throughout Friday, with some chairlifts on wind hold at the resorts. The weekend will see better conditions although strong winds will persist and snow falling until at least Sunday.
There could be another 20cm over the weekend alone.
While the keen skiers and snowboarders in the resorts will be relishing the fresh snow on Friday, you should layer up as the temperatures will seem like at least -15 degrees with the wind chill.
Looking from Perisher’s Skitube building to Front Valley. Photo Perisher.
Thredbo Village before dawn on Friday. Photo Thredbo Resort.
On the roads the weather has a few hands to deal yet. Traffic heading to the resorts on Friday morning was at crawl pace as chains were required with snow down to low levels. Snow did fall lightly in Jindabyne, heavier around Lake Crackenback Resort with chains required from Wildbrumby on the Alpine Way to Skitube and Thredbo. Driving to Perisher chains were required from Waste Point on the Kosciuszko Road on Friday morning.
There were numerous reports on social media of cars sliding off the road on both these routes, causing long delays for people to arrive at the resorts.
Cooma received snow and the Snowy Mountains Highway south of Nimmitabel has long delays with reports a truck had broken down due to icy conditions.
Snow clearing on roads in Thredbo. Photo Thredbo Resort.
Thredbo Village was a winter wonderland with about 15cm of snow in the village, and Perisher called in the big guns and were using an excavator to clear snow around the bridge on Front Valley.
This snow fall will ensure the coming weeks are sensational skiing and this snowfall has set the season up nicely right until the closing long weekend in October.
This weekend and early next week will be the best days of the 2019 season. Just rug up for the cold.
Winter wonderland in Thredbo Village.
Damien the snowblower guy at Perisher Manor has some work to do.
Thredbo Alpine Hotel Alpine Bar.
Perisher get serious with snow clearing on the bridge near Front Valley.
The four day weather map courtesy of Bureau of Meteorology. www.bom.gov.au